Even the negative side effects of their actions led to long term benefits for many. The creation of monopolies led to government intervention in business on behalf of fair competition. The exploitation of workers led to regulations guaranteeing safety codes, minimum wage, abolition of child labor, and the rise of unions. While they did not intend for these things to occur, they are still byproducts of their efforts to build American industry. They set up the country to become, financially speaking, the largest beneficiary of World War I as the U.S. supplied much of the material used to fight the conflict.
Compare the perspectives of both Zinn and Pageant on the government 's attempt to curb big businesses’ corruption. In comparing, evaluate the commitment government had on curbing big businesses’ corruption. After the Civil War, the United State of America underwent an industrial revolution. More and more machines were used in factories; steel production rose significantly and helped build railroads and infrastructure; oil started to light streets and homes; and various other innovations increased efficiency and impacted everyone’s lives. In this process, many multimillionaires emerged and owners of large businesses started exploiting their power and bribed the government for favorable legislation in return.
Progressivism is a movement focused on rectifying politics, modernization, and justice for the American people. In the Progressive Era, the citizens had many important economic issues to address, such as exploitation of women and children, the advancement of scientific research, and the consequences of big businesses taking over the work force. On the legislative side, many issues such as corrupt political leaders, Americans being given the freedom the Constitution allows, as well as citizens voices being heard as far as political issues are concerned. The Progressives were motivated by corruption at the hands of the government, inequality for American citizens, and greed by larger companies. The Progressive Era accomplished many advancements such as growth on an economic and city population level, improvement in the industrial production, as well as development of the consumer marketplace.
The model is creating vast opportunities for the wealthy and stripping away opportunity for the rest of the country. The model is also wreaking havoc on organized labor in the United States. Unions are an important entity in the field of work in which they create more job security for workers and fights for their rights in a collective and organized way. Unions are also the strongest regulatory force that corporations face (Leopold, p. 36). This allows union workers to be protected against greedy corporations.
With the state socializing the costs of prison education, New York’s average per-prisoner expenses would increase. Some prisoners who wouldn’t otherwise enter a program (or who might have been declined by a private program seeking to minimize waste) would sign up for courses and then drop out. The second reason Cuomo’s shift should be viewed positively is that it places a spotlight on private charity.It’s time to look at serious alternatives to publicly funded prisoner education. The recent history of post-secondary prison education reveals a mix of public and private support. From 1972-1994, prisoners were eligible for federal Pell grants.
The privatization of the prison system has made it so that individuals who have committed a crime are no longer seen as people but as profits. Prisons receive more money and more laborers (which they grossly underpay) with the addition of new inmates, so it is in the best interests of prison corporations to increase the volume of prisoners as well as expanding the length of sentences. Private prisons started out as a cost-effective way to house inmates, but after yielding large investments and profits, they began lobbying for new and harsher punishments resulting in America having the highest levels of incarceration in the world. In 1984, the first private prisons were created, the founders claimed that the prisons funded by the government but run privately would cost considerably less than prisons run at the county, state, and federal level. The massive overpopulation of prisons in the United States led to the idea that capitalism could help to reduce burdens and responsibilities of running prisons on the government.
Prisoners are given the task to participate in labor however, they are not fairly compensated for their work. They are given less than minimum wage, and both the government-owned prisons and private-owned prison owners are benefiting off of the labor of these prisoners. In one of Davis’s books entitled, Are Prison Obsolete?, she quotes two political prisoners, Eve Goldberg and Linda Evans, in reference to prison labor. They stated, “Prison labor is like a pot of gold. No strikes.
It makes me wonder the same thing about the judges, the lawyers, the Supreme Court and even the government itself. Who said we wanted this type of government and it was the best solution? Which brings us back to the question, “Are prisons obsolete?” When I read Angela Davis’ book, Are Prisons Obsolete? , I was scared that it actually was, only because it is not fair to the workers (to an extent). It is cruel to have someone work for you under harsh conditions, even if it is a criminal.
Even the U.S. government has acknowledged that working in the tobacco fields is unhealthy for children under 18. In fact according to Evans “The US government has acknowledged the risks to children that work in tobacco farming, but has failed to change the US regulatory framework to end hazardous child labor in the crop.” In the end, despite the known risks mother and child continue to work in the tobacco fields because the economic need outweighs the
Over the last 40 years, we have spent trillions of dollars on the failed and ineffective War on Drugs (Aclu). Drug use has not declined and drug markets are become more resilient to the mass incarceration of drug offenders. There is always another drug dealer standing by, ready to replace the one who has been sent to prison. Along with the War on Drugs, the changes in sentencing policies contributed to higher levels of incarceration at both the state and federal levels. Mandatory minimum sentences were established as the response to complaints from politicians and the public that offenders weren’t serving long enough terms for their convictions.
From past experiences we know that appealing to the people doesn’t get far because the publics’ opinion on, if we go to war or no, isn’t worth anything compared to the Presidents. The president has a trend of making decisions on their own without seeking advice from any other source. The threat of a draft would possibly hinder the rush to war because of the human cost but attempting to change how the president makes decisions is a better solution because it does not have as many negative effects as that of a
The editorial cartoon in Document H provides a useful illustration of this point (see Document H). As Uncle Sam, the federal government, pours more public money into the machinery of war the main beneficiary would be economic recovery. According to Document B spending on military hardware and in the industrial sectors that produced weapons led to substantially higher prices, a sharp upturn in the stock markets, and greatly reduced unemployment (Document G). Public anxiety and fear in Western Europe and in the U.S. were fed by the prospect of yet another World War. Whether intended or not, this led to another measure supported by Democrats and Republicans that addressed one of the crises of a depression.
Skin color and financial status shouldn’t be the deciding factors in whether someone is a prisoner. The only thing that should be considered is if the crime the person committed was intentional, or we are going to continue having an overcrowded jail system that we will one day lose control over. The system keeps saying too much money is being invested to keep prisoners
By the government allowing corporations to buy, and build new prisons gave that much more of an incentive to keep the prisons flowing with inmates. According to Vicky Pelaez “Private prisons are the biggest business in the prison industry complex. About 18 corporations guard 10,000 prisoners in 27 states. Private prisons receive a guaranteed amount of money for each prisoner, independent of what it costs to maintain each one.” (6) Once you get trapped inside this prison machine they can and will work for cents a day. We are facing a modern day slave trade, and the sad thing is it is happening right under our noses.
“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” They do not treat the prisoners very well. When we are going on our trip we will see how the prisoners lived. In their tiny cells, with their toilets. This will show us that we should treat our prisoners better at times.